The technology to stamp out the controversy in boxing

Boxing scoring has never been without its critics; often a controversial debating point which has seen questionable decision making award fighters with perhaps undeserved victories.

In a day and age where technology is at the forefront of just about everything we do, it seems a shambles that there is a lack of its inclusion when it comes to judging in boxing.

The 10-Point Must System has its obvious flaws – its totally dependent on the human eye; even without whispering the word ‘corruption’, all sports fans could name multiple examples of human error costing them a ‘fair’ result.

The 10-Point system in boxing sees judges reward points for effective aggression, landed punches, defense, knockdowns and general control of the fight. The fighter who ticks most of these boxes will then be awarded with a maximum of 10 points for a round, with the other fighter receiving 9 – in some cases, the loser of that round may only receive 8 or fewer.

There appear flaws already; a completely dominant round could see the difference of just one-point between fighters; fair?

Regardless of the close proximity of the scoring, the main issue is the reliance of said judges to make correct and accurate decisions. Recent cases such as the controversial awarding to Jeff Horn over Manny Pacquiao is just one case in point.

Pacquiao

A British company called Corner has said its developed a system which will remove the need for the naked eye, and instead use a microchip in the boxing gloves which can detect punches landed, movement, and motion of the fighters hands.

It would use accelerometer technology – the same form used in smartphones for movement – a system that would rule out any bias decisions, and not depend on the human eye to make the big calls.

The chip is no bigger than a 50p coin, and has reportedly been tested by the Italian and French national boxing teams during a World Series Boxing event.

The problem with the chip is its inability to detect where a punch is landed. However, human judges will still be used to score fights, and such decision making can therefore act as a support system to detect the landing of a punch on the body.

In a sport which has been marred by controversy all too often, the added support of this technology to judges decisions is the way to stamp out any biases and keep boxing fair. Boxing is in danger of falling behind other sports with every other sport adopting and relying on technology to ensure a correct outcome is delivered for a result.

The sooner such measures are introduced, the better for fans and all competitors.